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Safeguarding and Child Protection

Child Protection Support Service for Schools

For Designated and Deputy Designated Teachers

The Child Protection Support Service for Schools was established as a regional service in April 2006. It is jointly managed and funded by the Department for Education (DE) and the five ELBs. Currently the CPSSS is based within the Education Welfare Service and presently falls under the managerial responsibility of the Chief Education Welfare Officer (CEWO) in each board area.There are 3 Designated Officers for Child Protection in each ELB CPSSS. 

Every school must have a Designated and Deputy Designated Teacher for Child Protection (DT and DDT), trained by the Child Protection Support Service for Schools. Nursery units within primary schools should also have a separate Deputy Designated Teacher for Child Protection.

The service provides
  • Advice, guidance and support to Designated and Deputy Designated Teachers for Child Protection, in the handling of safeguarding issues
  • Operation of a daily helpline to schools - The BELB helpline number is: 90 564289. The Designated Officers work on a rotational basis on the helpline
  • Safeguarding training to various groups within education and relevant other groups
  • Training offered to Designated and Deputy Designated Teachers :

    - 2-day generic programme to new DTs and DDTs
    - Refresher training to DTs and DDTs every 3 years
    - Cluster group support looking in depth at specific issues

We recommend that every school has a Safeguarding Team comprising the:

  • Principal (Chair)
  • Designated and Deputy Designated Teachers for Child Protection
  • Chair of Board of Governors
  • Designated Governor for Child Protection

Here is a list of documents to aid you in fulfilling your safeguarding role:

Policy
  1. Pastoral Care in Schools: Child protection. DE 1999 [ 343KB ]
  2. Area Child Protection Committees’ Regional Policy and Procedures (ACPC) 2005 [ 1.4MB ]
  3. Amendments to ACPC 2007 [ 169KB ]
  4. ACPC Intimate Care Policy [ 158KB ]
Governors
  1. School Governors Handbook: Safeguarding and Child Protection. Revised 2010 [ 362KB ]
School Safeguarding Team
  1. Guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children & Young People in Education [ 259KB ]
Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI)
  1. Safeguarding Proforma with Prompts [ 136KB ]
DE Circulars
  1. Circular 1999/10 [ 28KB ]
    Guidance for schools on child protection policy and procedures
  2. Circular 2003/13 [ 18KB ]
    Guidance for schools on the Welfare and Protection of Pupils Education and Libraries ( NI ) Order 2003
  3. Circular 2004/09 [ 66KB ]
    Drugs: Guidance for Schools
  4. Circular 2006/06 [ 123KB ]
    Guidance on safer recruitment practices for education authorities
  5. Circular 2006/07 [ 36KB ]
    Guidance for schools on the employment of substitute teachers
  6. Circular 2006/08 [ 30KB ]
    Guidance for schools on the requirement for child protection training in relation to interviewing and selection panels
  7. Circular 2006/09 [ 39KB ]
    Guidance on the vetting of paid and unpaid staff
  8. Circular 2006/25 [ 45KB ]
    Guidance on the requirement for vetting of school governors
  9. Circular 2007/01 [ 156KB ]
    Acceptable use of the internet and digital technologies in schools
  10. Circular 2008/03 [ 934KB ]
    Pre-employment checking of persons to work in schools - new
  11. Circular 2008/10 [ 34KB ]
    From 1st August 2008 substitute teachers must be booked on line via NISTR
  12. Circular 2010/01 [ 92KB ]
    Guidance on Relationships and Sexuality Education
  13. Circular 2010/07 [ 127KB ]
    Pupil Attendance: Absence Recording by Schools
  14. Circular 2010/08 [ 51KB ]
    The Governors' Role
  15. Circular 2011/22 [ 126KB ]
    Internet Safety
  16. Circular 2012/19 [ 86KB ]
    Guidance for schools and employing authorities on changes to pre-employment checking and safer recruitment practices
  17. Circular 2013/01 [ 86KB ]
    Guidance for schools and employing authorities on pre-employment vetting checking and safer recruitment practices
DE letters of information
  1. Letter from DE for Multi-Agency Practice Guidelines on Female Genital Mutilation [ 69KB ]
  2. concussion and second impact syndrome [ 254KB ]
  3. Safeguarding Children - Presentation [ 206KB)
  4. Letter from DE regarding provision of free school meals on humanitarian grounds [ 45KB ]
  5. Letter from DE regarding provision of free school meals on humanitarian grounds - Revised [ 76KB ]
  6. Sexual Offences Order 2008 - DE Letter to schools [ 1MB ]
Record Management
  1. Record management : Children moving schools [ 82KB ]
  2. Surname change on school records - Key points [ 17KB ]
  3. disposal of records schedule 2012-2015[ 303KB ]
UNOCINI Framework NI
  1. UNOCINI Framework Guidance [ 125KB ]
  2. UNOCINI A guide to understanding the effect of parental mental health [ 82KB ]
  3. UNOCINI referral (e-version)[ 151KB ]
  4. UNOCINI referral (paper version) [ 160KB ]
  5. UNOCINI Guide 2008 [ 202KB ]
  6. UNOCINI Threshold of Needs Model [ 162KB ]
Children and Young Peoples' Social Services - Gateway
PSNI
Case Conference
  1. Good practice guidance for case conferences [ 27KB ]
  2. Model Pro-Forma for Report to Child Protection Conference [ 18KB ]
  3. Surviving a child protection conference [ 24KB ]
  4. Young Persons Guide to Child Protection - Under 12s [ 352KB ]
  5. Young Persons Guide to Child Protection - Over 12s [ 448KB ]
Parental Responsibility
  1. Parental Responsibility Leaflet for Parents [ 138KB ]
Talking with parents
  1. understanding the parents perspective [ 167KB ]
Safe from Bullying...safe to learn
  1. Tackling homophobic bullying [ 127KB ]
  2. Safe to Learn: Embedding anti-bullying work in schools. Dcsf 2007 [ 482KB ]
  1. Safe to learn: Cyberbullying [ 477KB ]
  1. Homophobic bullying (Safe to Learn series). Dcsf 2007 [ 895KB ]
  2. Safe from bullying on journeys [ 503KB ]
  3. Leave it out: Developing anti-homophobic practice in schools [ 7.52MB ]
  4. Tackling Homophobic Bullying
  5. bullying and deaf children - a guide for prmary and post-primary schools [ 2.15MB ]
Disability and Safeguarding
  1. underwear rule, learning disabilities - child [ 1.1MB ]
  2. underwear rule, learning disabilities - parent [ 2.3MB ]
  3. Safeguarding disabled children. Practice Guidance. Dcsf 2009 [ 474KB ]
E-Safety
  1. BBC Webwise - Sexting: What Parents need to know
  2. School e-safety self review tool [ 491KB ]
  3. e-safety policy template [ 649KB ]
  4. response to e-incident adapted for ni [ 46KB ]
  5. sample e-safety model policy [ 185KB ]
  6. A Parents Guide to Facebook [ 1.1MB ]
  7. Cyberbullying: Embedding anti-bullying work in schools. Dcsf 2007 [ 478KB ]
  8. http://www.childnet.com/
  9. Vodafone Digital Parenting Magazine (Interactive)
Drugs & Guidance
  1. http://www.deni.gov.uk/index/support-and-development-2/80-curriculum-and-assessment-drugsguidance-pg.htm
Domestic Abuse
  1. safe learning - how to support the educational needs of children and young people affected by domestic violence[ 255KB ]
  2. Dealing with the effects of domestic violence on pupils[ 134KB ]
  3. womens aid - heading for healthy relationships [ 822KB ]
  4. womens aid - one stop shop [ 635KB ]
  5. dealing with the effects of domestic violence on pupils [ 134KB ]
  6. how to deal with disclosure of domestic violence [ 631KB ]
  7. tackling the issue of domestic abuse in teenage relationships [ 154KB ]
  8. you and me mum leaflet [ 402KB ]
  9. http://www.womensaidni.org/get-help/help-for-young-people/
Female Genital Mutilation
  1. multi-agency practice guidelines on female genital_mutilation [ 346KB ]
  2. safeguarding against female genital mutilation [ 56KB ]
  3. female genital mutilation map - unicef [ 151KB ]
  4. Home Office FGM e-learning
  5. BBC
Safeguarding Children on School Trips

Education Visits

Child Sexual Exploitation/Abuse
  1. a guide for parents and carers of children and young people [ 331KB ]
  2. a guide for those working with children and young people [ 337KB ]
  3. a mini booklet about sexual exploitation [ 5.6MB ]
  4. sexual exploitation is it happening in your school [ 287KB ]
Safeguarding children and young people in the entertainment industry
Safeguarding for Parents
  1. BBC Webwise: Parenting: Know your child
  2. BBC Webwise - Sexting: What Parents need to know
  3. BBC Webwise - share take care
  4. keeping your child safe online - checklist for parents and carers [ 204KB ]
  5. http://www.childnet.com/
  6. Vodafone Digital Parenting Magazine (Interactive)
  7. A Parents Guide to Facebook [ 1.1MB ]
  8. Sexting: Advice for parents about talking to your child about creating, sending or receiving explicit images
  9. The Parents’ and Carer’s Guide to the Internet (Child Exploitation and online Protection Team CEOP)
School Posters
  1. Learn the underwear rule [ 339KB ]
  2. Childline [ 264KB ]
  3. Freephone 24/7 Helpline [ 671KB ]

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